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Choose To be A Hero!

Dedicated to the memory of two special men. Our Uncle Willy Quinn - חיים זאב בן זלמן פנחס. And Uncle Herman Fialkoff - חיים בן יוסף whose Yahrzeits were this week (5-6 Shvat) ת.נ.צ.ב.ה Moses had a choice to make. He chose to be a hero. Join Rabbi Yaacov Haber for 3...

The Hearts Judgement

There are a few things in the Mishkan and in the Beit HaMikdosh that were Tamid or constant. Ner Tamid = There was always a fire burning. Korban Tamid - There was a sacrifice offered daily and then a third which is not usually on the list. “And Aaron shall bear the...

Re-Experiencing Sinai

As we left Mount Sinai we began building a sanctuary in the desert. Sinai and the Tabernacle were not independent concepts. The Ramban taught that the purpose of the Mishkan was to replicate Sinai. The experience of millions of Jews at Sinai had to remain with us as...

Knowing When To Stop

Knowing When To Stop

The Torah speaks about the realities of life. The Parsha opens with a story about a man who has fallen on hard times. He has no funds and feels that he has no choice but to sell himself as a slave. “Six years you shall work, and on the seventh year you shall go free.”...

Our (Jewish) National Debt

Our (Jewish) National Debt

With all the miracles that took place in Egypt, one would think that there could be a better way to get rich. Moshe in the name of God commands and even begs the People of Israel to “borrow” as much gold and silver as they can from the Egyptians. We have no apparent...

Geulah in Beit Shemesh

Geulah in Beit Shemesh

Based on a shiur by Rabbi Yaacov Haber Did you hear it? There was a Kol Torah in Beit Shemesh! No, I don't mean the beautiful sounds of the cheders and batei midrashim you can hear buzzing as you walk down the street. This time the Torah itself cried out. On Sunday...

Finding Our Purpose

Finding Our Purpose

Whatever happened to Betzalel? The Talmud tells a story. Rabbi Tarphon was ill and his very important friends, Rabbi Akiva, Rabban Gamliel and others, came to visit. They met his mother at the door crying. She pleaded with the Tzaddikim to “please pray for her son...

Making Friends out of Enemies

Making Friends out of Enemies

“If I could give only one bit of advice to my students, I would tell them that whenever they meet someone new, no matter who it is, they should try to find at least one thing that they like about that person.” (Rav Yisroel Salanter) Once you don't like someone, that...

Shabbos My Bride

Shabbos we can actually enjoy and experience the presence of His Shechina. We can experience a new level of light, of holiness, of spirituality and of peace. As Shabbos comes in we offer a special welcome to G-d in our lives.

The Prophet That Sees the Present

Miriam took her tambourine, took the women aside and led them in song. Today Moshe's sister is introduced to us by name. Until now we didn't know her name. She was called "Achos Moshe", Moses' sister. We also learn today about the new title she received: "Miriam the...

The Great Divide

The Great Divide

I was once a proud member of the Boy Scouts of America, we had a pack of frum boys who met in a local shul. The troop was run by my father. Once he announced that we were going to learn about ‘the great divide’. I had no idea what he was talking about but guessed it...

The New Egypt

The New Egypt

The Book of Shmos begins with a new reality for the Jewish People. A reality which introduces on the one hand the prosperity of the Jewish people and their assimilation into Egyptian culture, and at the same time a growing anti-semitism which ensued. This was a new...

Something to Smile About

The Torah recounts the reunion of Moses and his father-in-law Yisro. Moses tells him of all the wonderful miracles G-d has done for the Jews. In response the Torah tells us "Vayichad Yisro" (Exod. 18:9). Rashi gives 2 explanations for this phrase: (1) Yisro rejoiced...

Heroism

Some Talmudic history. When Rav Yehudah HaNasi died his son suggested that Rebbe Chanina become the new leader of Klal Yisroel. Rebbe Chanina declined. He knew that he had qualified colleagues that had their heart set on the top job. The last thing he wanted to do was...

You Go First!

You Go First!

G-d said, “…And also I heard the cries of the Children of Israel as they are slaves in Egypt; and I will remember My covenant.” G-d also heard! Who else is important? Who else can listen and answer our cries except G-d? Who else should hear our prayers? The answer is...